The UPS uniform policy requires supervisors and employees who regularly come in contact with customers to shave their beards, according to the EEOC’s complaint filed in the Eastern District Court of New York. Male employees in the same roles are also barred from growing their hair below collar-length.
The suit seeks an injunction against UPS, which employs more than 300,000 people nationwide, and is seeking back pay and damages for impacted employees and applicants. The EEOC said it the class-action suit on behalf of Bilal Abdullah and Muhammad Farhan, Muslims who grow beards in accordance with their faith. Information on the suit can be found here.